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record this. voila. remotes, come out from the cushions, you are back. the x1 voice remote is here. good evening, thanks for joining us. there is so much happening it's hard to keep up. tonight after of a major shake-up in one campaign and a tough new attack from another, we will try. one state at a time for the candidates. and just as this week alone, the nevada republican caucus, south carolina democratic primary, cnn democratic town hall on wednesday, cnn gop debate on thursday. we'll look at all it over the next two hours. we begin with the shake-up, ted cruz, firing his communications director rick tyler for
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spreading the false impression that marco rubio had disparaged the bible. he tweeted out at link to a video claiming senator rubio saying there are quote, not many answers in the bible. he really says is that it has, quote, all the answers. tyler deleted the tweet and this afternoon, the senator fired him. >> yesterday a staffer from our campaign sent out a tweet. that tweeted a news story that purported to indicate marco saying something negative about the bible. the news story was false. that staffer deleted the tweet, apologized, and pulled it down, although i spent this morning investigating what happened. and this morning, i asked for rick tyler's resignation. >> which as you might imagine was not enough. marco rubio repeatedly accused him of playing dirty tricks. they site the fact with rubio
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shaking hands, false rumor that ben carson was dropping out and more. we have all the reaction starting with our reporter from las vegas. sunlen. >> reporter: well, anderson, i think that cruz campaign is very aware and very sensitive to the this narrative that's slowly building around their campaign pushed by rivals that they engage in dirty tricks and spreading of rumors. so rick tyler's tweets really fell perfectly into that narrati narrative. and there was a sense they to do something. that's why we saw senator cruz personally come out and announce that he had called for his resignation. senator cruz really personally inserted himself into the controversy today saying he himself went through and did his own investigation into what wrong this morning. and i do think that speaks volumes to where they feel, how they're hit by the allegations that they are spreading rumors, and really trying to regain control. take back the narrative so they don't get branded as being the
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campaign that engages in dirty tricks. >> it's also interesting, cruz described him as a staefer. in reality,s he's a stop forward and he was put forward by the cruz campaign. we've had him on this program many times. >> that's right. rick tyler is a close aid of senator cruz, or was a close aid of senator cruz. he was in his inner circle letting on strategy meetings, and as you noted, he is all over tv all day. speaking with authority for senator cruz. so, he certainly was more than just a staffer. i think of course that's a very intentional point of by senator cruz to down play his importance in the campaign. and really try to move on. senator cruz wasted no time with a rally this afternoon, he has two more tonight, really not trying to dwell on this issue, saying we've done it, we fired him, now let's move on. of course all this happening 24 hours before the nevada caucuses, not the kind of news day the cruz campaign wants. >> and this rally in nevada right now, i mean, what is his message in these hours before
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tomorrow? >> reporter: well, we haven't seen him start at that specific rally yet. it's one of two late night rallies he will have here in nevada. but again, the message is really about not dwelling on this. he did not mention it of course at any rallies. does not of course want to bring that in front of voters before they head to the caucuses tomorrow night. his message really is very simple about his rivals as he's making this closing message here to voters, is that rubio cannot beat trump and he's the only one that can beat trump. this is a message since he's hit the ground here yesterday, he's been hammering at voters. >> and is that glenn beck on the campaign trail right now for rubio? >> reporter: that's right, he has gone back and hit the campaign trail a few time us. he usually warms up the crowd. >> thanks very much. reaction from the rubio forces who got a boost today and over the weekend, bob dole, tim pawlenty and betting on his las vegas routes to help him town. we are joined tonight from reno. how did the rubio campaign
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respond to cruz firing his spokesman? >> reporter: well marco rubio spoke to reporters this morning, anderson, basically calling this a pattern of deceit. his communications director also weighing in on this. releasing a statement, let me read part to you, everything he says, there is a culture in the cruz campaign from top to bottom that no lie is too big, no trick too dirty. rick did the right thing by apologizing, it's hard high time that ted cruz did the right thing and stop the lies. again that coming from marco rubio's communication director. rubio basically saying look, this is just another reason to prove that i am the most trust worthy candidate. i am the right man for the nomination. anderson. >> and after south carolina, for rubio, what's the strategy in nevada? >> reporter: well, in speaking to some of the those on the campaign. basically they've been canvassing all the population centers up north we saw at a rally up north, in reno, again he's going to be holding a rally
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down here tomorrow in las vegas. another one tomorrow morning. and basically it's pushing that same message. i am the one that can unify this party. i am a true conservative. i am the anti-trump man. so they're going to keep pushing the message. will it work? that seems to be the question here. i can tell you that tomorrow, the focus is going to be looking ahead beyond nevada. because after they hold that rally here tomorrow morning in las vegas, they're moving on to minnesota, to michigan, to texas. so, once again, it's going to be a message of get out that i'm the right man who can unify the party, but also with this point, anderson in terms of strategy, it's moving beyond nevada. >> jason carroll, thanks. the campaign head and rick tyler firing today, earlier tonight, idaho senator james rich told wolf blitzer that tyler quote is not the problem, this is a cultural problem in the campaign. senator rich has endorsed marco rubio. joining us now is stewart
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stevens, author of the last season, father, son, and a lifetime of college football, also with us, anna novaro. and trump national campaign cochair. the cruz campaign was incorrectly telling iowa caucus goers that ben carson was suspending, and the photoshopped picture of rubio, and now this, the optics are certainly not good for cruz's campaign. >> they're not good. that's why you saw him take dramatic action by firing rick tyler today. the problem is it's not one isolated event. it is a pattern of behavior. and he's dealing on the other side with a marco rubio communication staff that is very, very able. they are able to turn things like the photoshopped, you know, picture on the internet into a media narrative. today, feeds more into the media narrative, and here's a problem ted cruz has, he can't with the evangelical bible thumper who is constantly quoting the values
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and social values and at the same time, be a liar. it is very contradictory with the persona he's trying to project. now i think he's got to move on. he's got to move quick. he did what he had to do today. he should put miss stewart in charge and pass the page. and go on a positive streak instead of this continuous infighting with marco rubio. >> sam, it is interesting though that cruz, in announcing this, just called rick tyler a staffer prp as i said before, he was the guy, he was the spokesman. he was the one put out always on camera. sop it is really even in saying that this guy's being fired, it really down play us tyler's importance to cruz. your candidate trump tweeted that cruz was quote the biggest liar in politics, saying he was playing dirty tricks. clearly trump is hoping to continue the focus on this kind of dust-up in the cruz campaign and this message of liar. >> i think anna hit the nail on the head. this is a pattern of behavior
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that has come forward here. and i think that really what it comes down to it's pretty hard to undo this. i really think you know, allison's a great friend of ours, she's a friend of anna's, and i know that she's very capable, but i mean, i think she's going to be giving a howard k. stern lean task to try to get this one, this one covered up because it's not going to happen. i think what's happened is, we're starting to see ted cruz being branded in a particular way, and i think with all the campaigns focussing on that message, i think it's going to be very difficult for senator cruz to come out from under this. >> stewart, you say the campaigns just don't do this stuff when they're winning. how much do you think this sticks to cruz and might hurt him tomorrow in nevada? zblb i -- i don't think this is a big deal, frankly. if you were to look back at other campaigns, mike fired his campaign manager and went on to
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win. who can engage other candidates on big issues that are going to win. the one thing ted cruz has going for him in this race is, more than marco rubio, he has engaged a guy who was winning the race, whose donald trump. and i think that to win this race, you're going to have to some someone who can engage and prosecute a case like donald trump shouldn't be and that candidate should be. and i felt last week when cruz went out with this building particulars against the donations that trump had that indicated a path that he could do. i think that that's going to be decisive in who wins this race. not the narrative about campaign staffers or even dirty tricks because frankly people expect dirty tricks in campaigns. >> everyone stay with us. we have more to talk about. we have to take a quick break. we'll have more on trump's
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donald trump holding a campaign event later tonight in las vegas. remains to be seen whether he will mention something about the ted cruz controversy. he is already holding forth online tweeting just saw the phony ad by cruz, totally false, got caught in so many lies. is this man crazy? end quote. also called cruz both the biggest liar in politics. jim iowa costa covering the trump campaign tonight. he joins us from las vegas. tell us about trump's reaction to this firing by ted cruz. >> reporter: yeah, this is the first today, anderson. for once the story is not all about donald trump and that seems to suits him just fine. one day before the nevada caucuses, trump is really milking this feud between marco rubio and ted cruz. maybe we'll hear about it later on this evening. he's been tweeting about it all afternoon saying at one point quote, wow, ted cruz falsely suggested marco rubio that he mocked the bible and was forced to fire his communications director, more dirty tricks. that's just one of the tweets from donald trump today.
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now this flap over the now former cruz communication director, tyler fits very neatly into the trump playbook. he's been slamming cruz as dishonest for weeks since iowa. now trump can say tonight, i told you so. >> and obviously he's rolling into nevada on a hot streak, how confident does his campaign seem about another win? >> reporter: well given this spat between marco rubio and ted cruz today, donald trump is holding the best cards right now here in las vegas, anderson. trump is leading in the delegate estimate by about six to one. he is riding high in the latest polls here in nevada. we have to be careful, because as we saw in iowa, the polls were predicting that donald trump was going to cruise comfortably to a victory there. turns outs that was not the case. while donald trump is conducting a bit of an abbreviated campaign here, only holding two rallies including one here tonight, one tomorrow in sparks, nevada, which is far off the beaten path, before these results are
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released. the campaign is sounding confident about these, their chances, by they also recognize, anderson, this is a caucus. they're well aware that donald trump did not perform as well as those polls were indicating in iowa. so they have to be careful that they're not being overconfident. my guess is anderson, and they said this, donald trump said this on the night of the new hampshire primary, he learned his lesson from iowa not to take things too lightly when it comes to turn out, and my guess is that lesson will be applied here again in nevada. >> thanks very much. and sam, i mean, as you look at nevada, how does it look for you for your campaign? >> i'm cautiously optimistic. i think we're going to be in good shape. you never know about caucuses. run up to this is any indication though where we had record turnout in iowa, record turnout in new hampshire and south carolina, we could end up with a record republican turnout in this caucus as well. i think that that bodes well for us. i think we've done a lot of work
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out there, we've been there a long time, we've been doing all the things that are necessary in a caucus state to do this. and i think a lot of it's going to come down to the organization of the caucus and what the republican party does. sometimes, that has as much effect as anything else. >> anna, what do you think about the attacks on rubio by trump questioning his citizenship. you're obviously a friend of rubio. do you think any of it hurts him in nevada or elseward? >> i don't. i really don't. i think it is sheer stupidity. it's one thing to question the citizenship of a guy who was born in canada, trs another thing to question the citizenship of of a guy who was born in miami. yes, albeit. i admit, there's a lot of people in the united states who think miami is the closest latin american country to the united states. we are part of the mainland u.s. nobody speaks as articulately as marco rubio as being american.
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american exceptionalism. the american dream. why immigrants from all over the world risk life and limb to come to america. so you know, if donald trump attacked him on that, marco's going to come back and he's going to come back strong. he's going to come baa with his own personal story talking about what being american is to him. but, anderson, i want to go back to the point stewart made before the break. i think it's very important, and i hope he's listening, that my friend marco rubio takes on donald trump. for many of us, this is a lit mist test right there. we want to be with a person who is not only capable, but also willing to take on donald trump and who can be the last man standing who can beat donald trump. it's an important thing for marco to start doing. sucking up to trump didn't work for cruz. it's not going to work for rubio. >> stewart, you worked on romney's 2012 campaign for george w. bush back in 2000, you say that if you were advising the candidates, you would tell them to be much more focussed on trump, on going after trump.
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>> yeah. no question. you should be waking up every day thinking about how you're going to beat the front runner. which is like any other campaign. some of them, this campaign has ended up in some battle for who's going to have the best losing position instead of who's going to win. you're not going to get the glory unless you beat the guy who's in first place. they should be waking up every day thinking about how to get inside donald trump's head. now let me say, that's a very messy head. i think that would be a very easy thing to do. i think donald trump is a very vulnerable candidate, but every day he gets stronger. and i think the idea of waiting to get donald trump one on one when he's stronger to attack him and contrast with him makes absolutely no sense. >> sam -- >> go now. >> sam, i mean why is trump going after senator rubio now?
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is it because he cease him as a bigger threat going to nevada and super tuesday? >> i don't know about that so much as i think it is just the idea that we have, you know, three people effectively in this race. and i think on super tuesday, that's the way it's going to break. and i think if the numbers stay the same, then i think that marco rubio and senator cruz are still going to have to figure out how to get the other one out of the race because i do think it's going to come down to the last duostanding, and i think one of them's going to donald trump. i don't think it's going to be marco and ted at the end. i think it's going to be mr. trump and one of the senators is going to be there. and i think that they really have to focus on each other. i think this idea of attacking the leader, stewart, i agree with you on a lot of these things, but i don't agree with you on this. because i don't think it's going to work. one, they don't have enough room and the math is not in their favor until one or the other senior gone. >> and the clock is ticking.
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great to have you on. anna, sam, as we said at the top, a very big week here on n cnn. thursday night, just ahead tonight, super tuesday just a week from tomorrow with hundreds of delegates at stake. john king will take us through by the numbers, next. hey! this is lloyd. to prove to you that the better choice for him is aleve. he's agreed to give it up. ok, but i have 30 acres to cover by sundown. we'll be with him all day as he goes back to taking tylenol. yeah, i was ok, but after lunch my knee started hurting again so... more pills. yep... another pill stop. can i get my aleve back yet? for my pain... i want my aleve. get all day minor arthritis pain relief with an easy open cap.
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obviously a busy week in the presidential race with super tuesday a week from tomorrow. 12 states, one territory, american samoa having primaries and caucuses march 1st. nearly 600 delegates at stake. john king joins us with how the delegate count looks right now. where do the democrats stand? >> almost a tie. hillary clinton 52. bernie sanders at 51 in pledged delegates. they decided in the contest so far. hillary clinton has 445 super delegates. i'm going to go ahead and say she wins south carolina by 60/40. that's on saturday. that would put her ahead at 84. now we map out super tuesday. let's bring up the super tuesday states. this gives them all to clinton. bernie sanders, we assume he'll win his home state of vermont he
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also thinks he can compete in minnesota. for the sake of argument let's give him minnesota. he thinks he's competitive in colorado. let's give him colorado. and he thinks he can win oklahoma. let's also flip that. if we give sanders those states and clinton the rest, the winner 60% and challenger 40%. you see her start to pull ahead and 445 more super delegates pledged to her. if you map this out through the end of march, this is where the clinton campaign thinks unless they can start getting african-american votes, that she starts to pull away. she starts to pull away. this is what the clinton campaign is hoping for by the end of march. at that point they think sanders will get it tone down his rhetoric and stay in as a protest candidate. at the moment the clinton campaign thinks it's swinging their way. >> how big of a lead does trump have on the republican side?
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>> donald trump, three contests, new hampshire, south carolina and iowa for the republicans. he has 68. you need 1237 to win. everybody assumes trump will win nevada. that's the next republican contest. let's say it's trump, rubio, cruz and kasich. then trump has three wins and we're heading into super tuesday. remember the conversation you were just having. how do you stop trump? here's super tuesday. for the sake of argument say ted cruz wins his home state. not guaranteed. let's say ted cruz wins texas. again, a hypothetical. kasich says he can win in the northeast, win massachusetts. but trump is ahead there. let's for fun give kasich to massachusetts. so then you have something like this after super tuesday. donald trump is starting to pull away because the republican rules are more generous to the winner.
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another jump in march. look at this. remember, he jumps ahead. let's stop a couple. florida votes then. marco rubio wins his home state. trump second, cruz fourth third and kasich fourth. we'll see that goes kasich, trump, rubio, cruz. even then, even then if they start picking up a couple of states, trump has this huge lead. i'm going to play it out with trump in first, rubio and cruz fighting for second and third. play it out through may, trump is almost, even if you take a state or two away, look where trump is. then into june to the convention. if marco rubio and ted cruz keep fighting for second and third and don't start beating trump, they'll also be fighting seats at donald trump's convention. >> i want to bring in cnn political analyst maggie. also cnn political commentator and washington correspondent for the new yorker, ryan lizza. this idea trump could be unstoppable based on not only
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momentum but math. how much stock do you put in there? >> a lot. we've been grading marco rubio on a curve since iowa, right? he has to consolidate the anti-trump vote and he has to consolidate the republican establishment around him and the donor class and do it basically yesterday. time is running out. in between now and super tuesday is likely to be another trump victory in nevada. bottom line as john pointed out. if you aren't winning, you aren't winning. the most important thing is if cruz can pick up florida and ohio, then he has a shot. then the momentum can change. it's going to be hard for him to pick up ohio if kasich is in the race. frankly, rubio's path is through john kasich. with kasich in the race, it's very, very hard to see how he
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catches trump. >> maggie, as long as -- to ryan's point, as long as kasich is in the race but also cruz is in the race. the vote is divided. >> the vote is divided although i've been skeptical if ted cruz drops out that all of that goes to marco rubio. some will go to donald trump. you look at the numbers john is showing us. march 15th, the rules were changed to make florida a winner take all state. that was done ironically for jeb bush to help him as a front-runner. this process was designed to benefit what was a 2012-type race that didn't exist this cycle. what could happen now is donald trump is an honorary resident of florida. if he moves into florida at that point i don't know why ted cruz, other than assuming he wins texas next week, i don't know why ted cruz would be likelier to win florida. cruz should still be the
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favorite until trump is ahead. let's say trump wins texas. trump then wins florida. kasich, we don't know what's happening at that point. what is the argument for people losing their home states to stay in the race? it's very problematic. >> you are saying it's over if that's the case? >> obviously if rubio loses florida he has no case for going on. if kasich loses ohio, he has no case and cruz, if he loses texas. you have to win your home state. >> does the firing of rick tyler, cruz's now former communications director, put that issue to rest or, i guess does it just sort of validate it and make it go on longer? >> it doesn't put it to rest. campaign shake-ups, whether the staffer did something wrong, they become part of the conversation. donald trump is trying to keep it alive. marco rubio trying is keep it alive saying this is the ted cruz campaign culture.
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that conversation will continue. and it doesn't affect the general dynamic of the race. donald trump is winning more states at the moment and leading in most of the states looking ahead. if he keeps winning, it's called the winner. we are in the middle of this remarkable campaign where people keep coming in second or third and saying i made history. my patriots went home. my red sox went home. rick santorum went home four years ago. when you lose, you lose. the only way to beat donald trump is to beat him. they haven't done it yet. >> to the point stewart stevens was on earlier, he keeps talking about how it's wonderful that everybody keeps saying you can't stop trump or how do you stop trump. you try. you run a campaign against him which really nobody has done. and what we've seen has been sort of fits and starts at best. >> ryan, it's interesting. people are calling each other liars. it's really trump -- both trump and rubio using that word which
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is so rarely used in presidential politics in a race like this. both against cruz. that word isn't being thrown by rubio to trump for instance. >> that's word used to be a redline. people used to not call each other liars so frequently. i wonder if cruz has made a bigger deal by firing his staffer and turning this into a much bigger -- much longer story. if they had just dismissed this and if tyler had apologized, i think it would have gone away. he's turning this into a two-day story by giving the death penalty for this. similar to what he did with that actress. the soft core porn actress who was in a cruz ad and they pulled down the ad and turned it into a bigger story than it had to be. i think it was a mistake. i think tyler could have survived this. >> on the democratic side, how big a win is south carolina? if bernie sanders can narrow the margin, can he claim some sort
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of a moral victory or -- >> he can claim a case to keep going. there's expectations for south carolina. john is right. it is not at all the same sort on the republican side where you have one person way ahead and several people way far back. but i do think the clinton campaign makes a compelling argument. we have to see what the voters say. a compelling argument that now that the pledged delegate lead has flipped and she is one ahead, it's unlikely that's going to start going backwards any time soon. >> it's remarkable. just a couple of weeks ago, sanders has a virtual tie in iowa. now everybody is talking about how inevitable she is. they were saying she gets a couple of wins under her belt and the whole narrative is going to change. >> it could change again. we are living in a wacky cycle.
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we should acknowledge that. bernie sanders has to crack her demographic lock. her history with african-americans and latinos. he may have had some success with latinos in nevada but not enough to get the win. a caucus state is easier for a liberal than the other states coming ahead. that doesn't mean it won't happen. if you look at the demographic advantage in the south, it's hard to see it happening in the short term. bernie sanders has to do something surprising. something big. win michigan, win ohio. maybe that would stop the conversation for a bit. even by then, it looks like she'll have not only the big pledge delegate lead but 445 -- that's a bigger number. those super delegates, she will not lose them. they can change their mind. as long as she's winning, she won't lose them. she essentially has two aces in her back pocket. >> john king, ryan lizza and maggie haber. be sure to tune in tomorrow night when hillary clinton and bernie sanders take questions
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from voters in south carolina at the south carolina democratic town hall. chris cuomo is the moderator at 8:00 eastern on cnn. cruz, trump and rubio accusing each other of lying n dirty tricks. how do voters feel about the level of rhetoric floating around? gary tuchman went to find out next. we're the hottest young company around but if we want to keep the soda pop flowing we need fresh ideas! >>got it. we slow, we die. >>what about cashing out? no! i'm trying to build something here. >>how about using fedex ground for shipping? >>i don't need some kid telling me how to run a business! i've been doing this for 4 long months. >>fedex ground can help us save money and deliver fast to our customers. not bad, kid. you remind me of a younger me. >>aiden! the dog is eating your retainer again. let's take a short 5-minute recess. fedex ground is faster to more locations than ups ground.
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xfinity lets you download your shows from anywhere. i used to like that song. from photo shopped pictures to fake videos to calling each other screaming liars, the republican side of this presidential campaign has no shortage of claims of dirty politics, negative campaigning. stew stevens touched on it earlier. to find out how voters are responding to it, gary tuchman spoke to voters. here's what he found. >> usa! usa! >> reporter: since his south carolina primary victory, donald trump hasn't let up on his gop competitors. >> you want to know something? i'm a better person than the people i'm running against. >> reporter: but he isn't the only one making digs. ted cruz manage tot hit trump when speaking about jeb bush withdrawing from the race. >> a man who didn't go to the gutter and engage in insults and
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attacks. >> reporter: and then there's marco rubio. >> i didn't become a conservative two years ago. or a year ago. >> reporter: among the litany of insults during the heat of the campaigning we've heard trump call cruz unstable and a liar. trump called rubio a light weight and a clown. cruz called trump a liar and rubio a liar. rubio call cruz a liar and rubio called trump crude. a cnn exit poll in south carolina believe trump is the main instigator. when asked who ran the most unfair campaign in the state, trump topped cruz. not surprisingly almost all the trump supporters we talked to after the south carolina win want trump to be trump. >> i don't have a problem with somebody saying somebody is stupid. >> does it bother you when he says ted cruz is the biggest liar or negative things about the pope. >> i was there.
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i witnessed it. he absolutely was lying. >> reporter: what about the pope? >> the pope swung first and everybody knows that donald is going to deliver the knockout punch. >> ted cruz! >> reporter: meanwhile many of ted cruz's supporters at this las vegas rally complain about donald trump's behavior. >> trump is a schoolyard bully who is spoiled. >> reporter: they say cruz is just defending himself when he delivers his own attacks. >> i believe it's important he defends himself. i don't know how much energy he has to put in it. true ted cruz supporters are going to support him no matter what was because we know the truth. >> reporter: at this rubio event they told us their candidate has no choice. >> if he doesn't respond, trump will keep doing what he's doing. if rubio responds and shuts him down like jeb bush did, i think it will be fine. >> i have never, ever met a person that lies more than ted cruz.
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>> ted cruz has just been telling lies. >> whenever anyone points out their record they simply start screaming liar, liar, liar. >> reporter: there was already a lot of bad blood and the political season is still young. >> gary, were any of the people concerned that this kind of rhetoric could hurt republicans in a general election? >> there certainly is some concern among supporters about that. these supporters are very loyal and very concerned their candidate, whether it's trump, rubio or cruz can be portrayed as weak or be disrespected or not considered a fighter. there are nasty confrontations, that's the race of doing business right now. >> gary, thanks. new details about the uber driver charged with gunning down eight people, killing six of them. i'll talk to a passenger who survived a terrible ride with the shooter shortly before the rampage began. this is shaving. a blade. many blades. sharp blades. blades here, blades there. some more over there... whoa! that's not another blade. this is shielding.
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tonight a kalamazoo victims of a deadly rampage were remembered at a vigil. they are calling it a cold-blooded massacre. over the span of seven hours a gunman shot eight people at three different locations. six victims died. a 14-year-old girl is still clinging to life.
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the man charged is a 45-year-old uber driver who carried out the killings between picking up fares. he's being held without bond. nick valencia joins us with the latest. what did we learn, nick? >> reporter: this is the first time we've seen the shooting suspect since he was charged with six counts of first-degree murder. he's been charged with 16 counts in all. the only emotion was when the judge read the attempted murder charge of a minor. he's a father of two young children, also married. he appeared by video conference. his hands resting in his lap. he said very few words. the judge asked him if he wanted to make a statement to which he said i'd rather prefer to remain silent. i was at that and detectives laid out their case. even after this suspect was read his miranda rights that he admitted to, quote, taking people's lives. a much different tone at the arraignment. >> do authorities have any idea what motivated this? not that anything really
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motivates something like this but any idea about a motive? >> it is sickening when you think about the details, the senseless nature, how cold-blooded he was. he was taking uber fares in between these shooting scenes. investigators seized 11 rifles from his home. we were at his home earlier today and spoke with some neighbors. he mostly kept to himself. he loved guns and loud cars but the troubling thing in this all is the motive. perhaps we'll get more details about that. right now no clear motive, but this suspect has his next court appearance scheduled for march 3rd. >> nick, appreciate the update. matthew melon was one of the suspect's fares on saturday. he rode in the suspect's car just before the rampage started and during the ride he feared for his life. i spoke to him earlier. matthew, thank you so much for joining us. this has to be such a scary ordeal for you. how are you feeling today and holding up? >> i'm feeling better today. it's been a long couple of days,
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definitely. just ready to get back into my normal life. >> yeah. >> so to speak. >> i can imagine. take me back saturday afternoon you called uber to get a ride to your friend's house. you get in the car. when did you realize something wasn't right? >> we got about a mile from my house and he received a telephone call. it was over the bluetooth inside the car so i could kind of hear the conversation. he stated that he had a rider in the car and he'd call them back immediately after he had dropped me off. once he hung up with that phone call is when he started driving really erratically. he was running red lights at that point, squealing the tires. we ran a stop sign and side swiped another vehicle. and that's when i, obviously, was panicking. >> did you say anything to him?
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>> yeah, i was pleading for him to stop the vehicle so he could let me out. he was surprisingly calm the whole time. he was just stating -- don't you want to get a ride to your friend's house? don't you need a ride? and i was like, yeah, yeah, please just pull over and let me out. that's when he refused to stop. >> so he was calm -- he didn't seem agitated or anything like that's. he was calm even though driving very fast and erratically? >> yeah. we were swerving into oncoming traffic. once we got closer to my destination, i was yelling at him like please stop, please stop. that's when he started to get more agitated with me and he was stating that -- he said where is your friend's house. i was pointing out random houses just so he'd stop the vehicle and i jumped out and ran away. that's when i called 911. >> what did 911 say? had they gotten any reports about him? >> i think this was the first report.
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they just stated -- i told them it was an uber driver. gave a description of the vehicle and license plate number. one thing that a lot of people haven't realized is that i was actually picked up in a different vehicle than the vehicle he was apprehended in, so it was a -- i was picked up in a chevy equinox and he was apprehended in a darker colored hhr. >> did you see a weapon at any point? >> i did not see any weapons. he never physically threatened me in the car. obviously just besides the way he was driving. i felt threatened because he was driving so erratically but i was never threatened personally with a weapon or anything like that. >> it's so scary. matthew, i appreciate you taking the time to talk about it and wish you the best. >> thank you. i just wanted to say that the
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community has really come together and rallied together. kalamazoo is a great place to live and that our thoughts and condolences are with the families of the victims. >> matthew, thank you again. there's a lot more happening tonight. amara walker joins us with the 360 bulletin. >> senator claire mccaskill will be undergoing treatment for breast cancer over the next three weeks. the missouri democrat shared the news in a post writing my prognosis is good and i expect a full recovery. a truce between some of the groups fighting inside syria could go into effect this week. that's according to a western diplomat with knowledge of the talks. the pending truce was brokered by the united states and russia. lumber liquidators stock price stumbled following the health risks of certain laminate flooring. the centers for disease control raised its earlier estimate of the cancer risk from formaldehyde in some laminate flooring.
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hours until the nevada republican caucuses and just hours after a major shake-up in the ted cruz campaign. and the crazy quilt of campaigning in both parties with dozens of primaries fast approaching. about two dozen. just this week alone in addition to nevada is the south carolina democratic primary, the cnn democratic town hall tomorrow, cnn gop debate on thursday. all on that and more over the next hour starting with the republicans and our jim acosta.
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>> reporter: riding high into nevada, donald trump is holding the best hand in the battle for the gop nomination. his two main rivals, marco rubio and ted cruz are busy attacking each other. >> every single day, something comes out of the cruz campaign that's deceptive and untrue. >> reporter: rubio began the day demanding cruz fire someone over the video that accused the republican of dismissing the bible. actually rubio says all of the answers in it. a blatant fabrication. rick tyler who circulated the video apologized. rubio snapped, that's not good enough. >> at some point there has to be a level of accountability or you're sending the message to people that work for you, go out and do anything you want and if you ca


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